American-born Chinese skier, Eileen Gu, won the gold medal in the Women’s Free Ski Mid Air competition in the Olympics. In the presser afterward, she wouldn’t say whether she has a US or a Chinese passport. She also supports BLM and spoke out against any suggestions that the coronavirus was a China Flu.
Gu is sponsored by several “American” companies. Chinese skier Eileen Gu won the gold medal in a close contest on her last trip down the hill. However, after the medal ceremony, she addressed questions but wouldn’t say whether she gave up her US citizenship to ski for China. Sky News reported:
The International Olympic Committee requires all competitors to have a passport for the country they represent but China does not recognise dual-nationality.
Neither Gu, nor her many big-ticket sponsors, will say whether she gave up her American passport in order to transfer allegiance.
“Sport is a way we can unite people, it doesn’t need to be about nationality,” Gu said, “we are all out here together, pushing the human limits”.
“I grew up spending 25% of my time in China, I’m fluent in Mandarin and English and fluent culturally in both countries. When I’m in the USA, I’m American, when I’m in China, I’m Chinese.”
Here is a video of her presser:
In typical ESPN fashion, the network figured out a way to please its Chinese masters during Wednesday’s ESPYs awards show where Chinese Olympic skier Eileen Gu, who apparently renounced her U.S. citizenship to compete for China at the 2022 Winter Games, was named ‘Breakthrough Athlete.’
In her acceptance speech, 18-year-old San Francisco native and Stanford-educated Gu, who has a history of dodging citizenship questions (keep in mind China doesn’t allow dual citizenship and at 18 they have to decide which passport they’ll carry), made sure to use her time on the stage to (proclaim):
“I have always said I want to be an ambassador for freeskiing, especially for young girls in the sport. I also want to share this moment with all the incredible pioneering female athletes who have come before me who paved the way for people like me. Many of which are in the room right now,” Gu said to applause from the ESPY audience.
“Also to the young girls who will come after me and who are going to be the change-makers and who are going to push it one more step further closer to equality,” Gu added.
Here is the announcement on her award.
ESPN gave the ESPY for “Breakthrough Athlete of the Year” to Eileen Gu, the skier who grew up in San Francisco, is a current student at Stanford, but renounced her U.S. citizenship to complete for China at the Olympics last year. pic.twitter.com/3EwdtI1o9D
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